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August 29, 2010

The Ginkgo in Australia

The National Arboretum Canberra writes on its website:
"There has been an early and continuing interest in raising Ginkgo biloba in Australia.
Our search through the original handwritten tree records at the Government’s Yarralumla Nursery in Canberra show that Ginkgo biloba seed was received in the ACT in 1947 from New Zealand and the following year from the NSW Forestry Commission and the Australian Forestry School in the ACT.
“Male and female” ginkgos were sent from Japan in 1955, seed from New York in 1956, and from the Australian Embassy in Japan in 1962. Plants of the cultivar ‘Fastigiata’ were sent from Hazelwood Bros in Epping NSW in 1949 and again in 1963.. At this time Kershaw in St Ives, NSW was sending bundles of 200 and 400 seeds of Ginkgo biloba to Canberra and Cohen in Turramurra sent 100 plants."

Read full article here.

August 22, 2010

Ginkgo trees in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ginkgo trees in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA: Northside Train.
Adjacent to Allegheny Commons along North Avenue - Northside Pittsburgh. US Steel and Gulf Buildings in background.
Photo by Joe Katrencik.

August 21, 2010

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo photospecial page: Ginkgo tree of c. 1840 in Aubern, New York State, USA.

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August 19, 2010

Ginkgo street lamp in Osaka, Japan

This photo is taken by Chica Chubb, who comments:

"This street lamp is designed from 4 ginkgo leaves because it stands on the Icho Douri, or the Ginkgo Street.
Icho Douri, Shinsaibashi, Osaka, Japan.

August 16, 2010

Ginkgo trees in California during gold rush

I have heard anecdotes of early Chinese immigrants in California planting ginkgo trees around mining camps during the gold rush, and that some of these legacy trees may still exist. Can this be confirmed by anyone?

Question by Ashley.

August 15, 2010

Ginkgo bonsai in Beijing, China

This great Ginkgo bonsai tree can be seen in Coal Hill Park (Jingshan Park), Beijing, China.
Photo by eregdos (Picasa webalbum).

August 10, 2010

Panda in Ginkgo tree

Baby panda in Ginkgo tree at San Diego, Atlanta, Memphis & National Zoo.
Photo by RoxandaBear on

August 05, 2010

Video Ginkgo in China: Xincun plantation

Video with English subtitles on The Ginkgo tree in China, especially focused on a plantation (leaves, seeds, seedlings, bonsai) of c. 5,000 acres in Xincun, Shandong Province.
In this video you can also see the ancient Ginkgo tree of c. 3,000 years old in Xincun.
Additional info here.

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Added photos of Ginkgo trees in Germany (Bad Durkheim) and Sweden (Lund).

August 04, 2010

Making of wax carved Ginkgo ring

Hand carved Ginkgo (and rose) ring processed from wax model by Cheyenne Weil.
Read about the making of this ring here (with photos).